I’m here for warmups, so I’ll update with notes and let you know what’s up if anything.
Before we begin, a few developments of the last day or so.
1) Emma McLean is out of championships with an injury to her arm (that definitely isn’t her ankle or anything—I don’t know why you would say that confidently to Team GymCastic on the way to championships—who would do that?)
2) Maggie Nichols is indeed going to compete the all-around here.
3) Sarah Finnegan won the AAI Award, which came as a surprise to…not many. There were some compelling contenders of course, but she’s the strongest AAer of the seniors this year.
Heads up that I’m going to have a horrendous view of vault, so if I’m like, “great stick!” and you’re like, “that wasn’t a stick you dumb whore”…that’s probably going to happen.
Norah Flatley is performing “Unwritten” right now in a split stretch on the vault runway, and it’s the most talent anyone has had when doing anything.
At the urging of the team, Bev just did a model runway walk down the bars mat. So, this isn’t elite, is what I’m saying.
Marz warming up vault in addition to the six who have been in the lineup.
Sarah Finnegan’s switch leap work shot a beam of light across the whole arena, so the usual.
Gracie Kramer sits a 1.5. Kyla’s looks good. Wright with her normal. Kramer goes again and hits her 1.5, large lunge to the side. Kyla stuck her second attempt at a 1.5. Wright followed her with a stick. Kramer hit her third as well.
Injury alert: Miss Val is limping and showing her foot to people. Possible redshirt year?
Nebraska with the backess leo to end all backless leos for warmup. That’s about what I have to report from the second rotation of warmups. Normal doing normal.
Priessman watch: she’s warming up vault as one of the 7 for LSU.
Also, I’m going to be a real bail-handstand-leg-separation Nazi today because I have THE view of that.
OK start lists out – Priessman in vault and bars. Michigan using Heiskell in place of McLean on vault and floor as expected.
I definitely intended to have more to say about warmups, but you know, people and talking. You guys got passed up for more important people. You may survive.
Overall thoughts have been that everyone looks fine and no one great in warmups, which is what you want. No one looked like they’re mentally falling apart, no one using it up. Continue reading National Semifinals – Live Blog